Robotics Enters K-12 Classrooms

These six robotics resources can help educators introduce the subject into their classrooms The lesser-known elements of STEM are enjoying the limelight right now, with computer science and coding moving to the top of educators’ priority lists. Robotics, too, is following suit—the subject is quickly catching on in schools across the nation as programming emerges […]


11 Must-See Lessons from TED Ed

Short animated lessons you’ll love, from atomic structure to the science of stage fright (and how to overcome it). Bite-size snacks of knowledge, TED-Ed Video Lessons are short, free educational videos written by educators and students, then animated by some of the most creative minds in the business. The topics of these addictive little videos range from quantum physics to the art of […]


Video Games More Helpful Than Harmful

For all the talk about how video games rot our kids’ brains (they’ve been linked to lower academic performance in college students and a lack of empathy in teens), there’s evidence that they can be used for good. There’s mounting data that specially designed video games (known as “serious games”) can increase knowledge and change […]


7 Ways to Exercise Your Brain—And Why You Really Need To!

Cognitive brain function peaks in our early fifties, but staying mentally active can prevent brain loss in the years to follow. If you’re over 40, you’re not going to like this (and if you’re not yet 40, get ready for a reality check): Early in your fifth decade, researchers believe, your cognitive brain performance peaks. […]


Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

Are kids actually reading? It’s a worthwhile question. In an age when distractions seem to make readers more reluctant, one must wonder how many students actually do it. There’s evidence to support this fear. Grant Wiggins recently published a survey of a typical American high school. It found that English is students’ least favorite subject, and worse, […]


4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn

When we talk about what changes technology has brought to classrooms across the globe, the answers could basically be never ending. Teachers could talk about things like bringing ease to researching all types of topics, bringing organization (and a lack of physical papers to lose) to the classroom, and making connections for professional development. There could be a lot of […]


Three Tips for Good Netiquette

Overwhelmed by the online world? Fear not: help is at hand with Rhodri Marsden’s guide to Netiquette. Social media is firing too much stuff my way. I pop to the shops, come back and find a stack of information that demands to be caught up with. It’s like a menial job with long hours that […]


10 Web Resources For Becoming A Better Collaborator

I don’t get out of the classroom much once the school year has started. There are jokes that if a colleague is more than two doors down, we never see each other. This is sad. This changed slightly when we put up the Keurig station in the corner of the room–people filter in and out […]


What I Learned By Doing What I Ask Students To Do

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report […]


How to Teach a Young Introvert

What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education. Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them […]


50 Resources For Teaching With iPads

So we thought we’d start an ongoing collection–that is, one that is updated to reflect trends and changes–of the best resources for teaching with the iPad. This will include resources from all of the best sources, from Apple’s own stuff to TeachThought to edutopia to MindShift to DMLCentral to Jackie Gerstein and more. We can […]


How Important Are Students’ Digital Footprints?

In an age where everything can be “Googled” and online privacy no longer exists, students have a whole new reputation at stake—their digital reputation, or their digital footprint. A digital footprintis any online information about a person that can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. According to Educator’s Technology, “Managing one’s digital identity […]


There’s No App for Good teaching

8 ways to think about tech in ways that actually improve the classroom. Bringing technology into the classroom often winds up an awkward mash-up between the laws of Murphy and Moore: What can go wrong, will — only faster. It’s a multi-headed challenge: Teachers need to connect with classrooms filled with distinct individuals. We all want learning to be intrinsically motivated […]


“Can’t I Just Choose My Own Topic?”

So many times as an English and history teacher, I’ve rushed students through the first step of the research process: choosing a topic. Then we can move on to the real work — or so I’ve always thought. Recently, however, students in my eighth grade history class started a project on American reformers in which the […]


101 Things I’ve Learned So Far In Teaching

The title is self-explanatory and the context is fairly clear. Well, actually it probably should’ve been title “101 things I think I think about teaching,” because what I think I think changes almost daily. Here we are nonetheless. 101 Teaching Tips, Half-Truths, And Random Musings It’s okay to close your door sometimes. If the students […]


Shifting Toward An Architecture of Participation

Reading, in terms of scale and diversity, is different than it used to be. Thinking, in terms of context and application, is also different. It makes since that learning is also changing–becoming more entrepreneurial than directly didactic. That is, more learner-centered and than teacher-controlled. The presentation below by Steven Wheeler explores some of the shifts occurring in our digital age. […]